copeland, and the community. or does she mean more to the community? >> does she inspire you? >> very much. i learned ho to you stay positive -- i learned how to stay positive through -- i thought i had problems but now i've seen her and i know i can stay positive through everything. >> from 13-year-old megan hinsly. >> thank you, sweetheart. >> karen belten, a woman who shares a similar story. she lost her legs and one land to a rare illness -- hand to a rare illness and she sees a university of west georgia student as a symbol. >> it gives everybody help. because everybody doesn't have this. everybody doesn't get this kind of attention. so if somebody else could see it on tv, and see that you can still function, you know, i mean that is the difference between life and death really. >> the admiration goes both ways. >> i have to say that everyone in our community has inspired me tremendously to give back. just because of how much they've gin to me. >> copeland and her family says this event was an opportunity to say thank you.